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Velominatus: Rigid

Order: Level 3 Velominatus

Location: Wellington, New Zealand

A proud male New Zeelander (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeeland), from a country that shares a border with a strip of Belgium. I grew up hard and tough riding a Chopper with a red flag around the coastal roads of New Plymouth before being towed to Wellington by parents. 40 years old currently, I still have a lasting love affair with cycles that I'm hoping will be eternal - A-Merckx. No. 1 Bike is a TIME Proteam with Campa Shamals

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Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Contador 3. Froome 4. J. Rod 5. Talansky »

The race of the funny hat.Every team seems to have included one or two riders fresh off the Tour. One would either feel ruined or unbeatable a week after that slug fest, more than likely, ruined. I imagine there are a few riders dodging calls from their directors this week. Continue reading...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Gallopin 3. Rodriguez 4. Gilbert 5. Valverde »

It has been many years (25!) since professional female cyclists have raced on the cobbles of the Champs Elysées. While running the Giro Donne concurrently with the Tour de France makes no sense to me, this Sunday’s women’s race does make sense. It should be the model for a Women’s Tour de France: the route, infrastructure, roadsi...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Emma J 3. Bronzini 4. K. Wild 5. Armitstead »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Bertie 3. Nibbles 4. Valverde 5. Mollema »

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  1. A pre-commute stovetop is the usual start to the morning for me and changes the quality of the ride – the legs seem to spin faster for the duration and the cool air is sucked through the mouth like a supercharger. That’s the drug for me. It’s also a great… »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggins 2. Bauke Mollema 3. Cadel Evans 4. Roman Kreuziger 5. Carlos Betancur »

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  1. Shamefully I’ve missed the last three races due to a vacation in Phuket, need to focus and regroup now for the major tours VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Martin 3. Valverde 4. J-rod 5. Kwiatkowski »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Lizzie Armitstead 2. Emma JOHANSSON 3. Van Der Breggen 4. K Wild 5. Ferrand-Prevot »

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  1. Soooo hard to pick this race but I think Fabian is going to repeat last years effort on the Pateburg  and blow the contenders off his wheel. Unless a Stybar or someone similar gets there first VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Sep Vanmarcke 3. Sagan 4. Boonen… »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Johansson 3. Borghini 4. Armistead 5. Van dijk »

The Kemmelberg is a brute. In my opinion, its the hardest of the cobbled climbs in the Spring Classics; it has a high speed tarmac approach that saps the guns of their snap. The transition from tarmac to cobbles is awful, the stones are very badly laid throughout and if you don’t hit it just right, you’ll come to a standstill. The cobbl...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Boonen 2. Sagan 3. Stybar 4. Cancellara 5. Greg Van Avermaet »

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  1. Was talking to someone more knowledgeable than I who suggested the UCI might make disc breaks mandatory on all bikes in the pro-tour  in the near future. This is due to differential breaking rates among all the different rims these days causing too many… »

Het Volk (it will always be Het Volk to me) and now the Strade Bianche may well mark the sentimental beginning to the season, but those are specialized, pre-season races that appeal mostly to riders who are preparing for bigger objectives later in the year, such as the Cobbled or Ardennes Classics. Same goes for Tirreno Adriatico and Paris-Nice; t...

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  1. I’m going for a breakaway on the final climbs with fast descenders coming to the fore but being outsprinted by Sagan, followed by a bunch sprint phew.. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Nibbles 3. Cancellara 4. Cavendish 5. Degenkolb »

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  1. That’s a gorgeous photo to emphasize the point – all the perspective lines are warped by his speed (and the wide angle lense) to move the vanishing point off the page.. I’m always trying to explain the joy of cycling to non-cyclists but they never underst… »

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  1. Dad’s and bikes go together well- mine used to take us up the street to watch the racers come streaming down the mountain behind us, with sun glinting off shiny bits of their bikes. He used to impress me by riding epic all day marathons to  get to grandpa… »

Ok all you roadies, listen up. You’re not gonna like what I’m about to tell you, but it’s the truth. And sometimes, the truth hurts. You ready?Road cycling owes a lot to mountain biking. Continue reading...

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  1. If I had to ride the Arenburg Trench every year I’d do pretty much anything for a smoother ride, if just to stop my front teeth from falling out. Did those Rox shox Ruby’s have a lockout for the smooth sections I wonder? Well researched article Bretto, yo… »

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  1. I must admit to picking names I like the sound of rather than having knowledge of their form – some of them sound like burlesque dancers VSP PICKS: 1. Strappazzon Marine 2. Leleu Fanny 3. Artaud Audrey 4. Van Houweling Molly 5. Brulee Latoya »

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  1. Welliminati unite for a Casually Deliberate, no-drop ride to celebrate the life of @itburns, a friend we unfortunately never met. This is also to show our support for the itburns Memorial Cogal taking place at Westpoint, NY, later the same day.

    Shake off the winter blues for 130 (approx) kilometres. We’ll ride from Aro Valley, out to Whitemans Valley, across to and over Moonshine Road, through Whitby, then back to the city via Johnsonville and Ohariu Valley. I’’m guessing that few of us have done any distance work over winter, so I’m sure that the pace won’t be too hot for anyone.

    Meet at Aro Valley Fish and Chip shop at 9:30am, whatever the weather. There are 2 cafes in the immediate vicinity for pre-ride espressos and snacks.

    Distance: approx 130km

    And beers afterwards, obviously

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    Date - October 20, 2013
    9:30 AM - 6:30 PM

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  1. @frank that video of Ole Ritter on the track is inspirational, especially when it goes slo-mo at the end – the seemingly effortless application of power. I imagine there isn’t a single dead spot in his pedal stroke »

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  1. Two V’s for a hardman of the peliton – on the road to the summit of the Galibier »

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  1. This is one of the races I look forward to all year – such a beautiful route and so much history VSP PICKS: 1. Rodriguez 2. Nibali 3. Gilbert 4. Quintana 5. Contador »

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  1. This photo and the pain cave gospel according to Frank where the inspiration for today’s sufferfest. Four hours in and I wanted to turn the bike towards the flats and home – No said the tiny Ferdi on my shoulder, you shall ride the 2k up Mt Albert and so … »

There are many revered places in Cycling, places that are instantly recognisable, places that command their own special page in history and in our memories for the great battles held upon them. Most likely the names you’ll think of first would be the great mountain climbs of the Grand Tours, l’Alpe d’Huez, Ventoux, Zoncolan, Stelv...

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  1. @brett Ha ha. It’s a musette which dispenses many gifts and is also useful for taking a couple of ales to party. I really like the design of the kit – bold sophisticated use of colour and great typeset. Any idea what the Ravito stands for? »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. J-rod 3. Nibali 4. Henao 5. Uran »

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  1. I totally agree regarding the calmness that comes with leaving civilisation behind and venturing into the wild. Every time I go I wonder why I don’t do it more often. Everything you sense seems to be perfectly in place and you feel at one with a greater w… »